Steve Clarke told Goals on Sunday that he is ready for the next challenge after overcoming his surprise exit from West Brom.
Clarke was relieved from his duties at the Hawthorns in December, to the surprise of many pundits after the former Chelsea assistant had led the Baggies to their best top-flight finish since 1981 the previous season.
However, they had struggled in the opening months of the new season and the threat of relegation from the Premier League began to loom over the club.
Clarke, though, insisted he still retained the confidence of his players and staff at West Brom and was disappointed he was not given more time to turn the club's season around.
"I knew the pressure was building," he told Goals on Sunday. "I thought that I would get the Christmas period. It seemed a strange time to make the change.
"We had Hull City coming up the next week. I thought that I would get the Christmas period to try to put things right. But obviously the chairman decided that enough was enough and he wanted to make the change. And you have to respect that.
"I still had the dressing room and the players were fighting for me. Every day, they worked great in training. I think that when you still have the dressing room, you always feel that you have a chance but I did not get the chance to go forward.
"It was a strange Christmas, spending it a home and enjoying myself a bit and relaxing. It took me about four weeks to relax properly and get over it. But I am over it now and looking forward to the next challenge."